Xavier Worthy makes Chiefs NFL's fastest team

The 40-yard dash time record-holder Xavier Worthy joins an explosive Chiefs receiving corps after being selected in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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It's no secret what the Kansas City Chiefs were looking to do by selecting the speedy Texas football junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Texas football WR Xavier Worthy brings elite speed to the Chiefs offense

Head coach Andy Reid and the defending back-to-back Super Bowl champion Chiefs added elite speed to a receiving corps that already has some blazing-fast weapons in it. The Chiefs are getting the fastest wideout in NFL Combine history in Worthy, who ran a record-breaking 4.21-second 40-yard dash time in Indianapolis a couple of months ago.

Kansas City made a smart move to trade up four spots in the first round of the draft on April 25 to get the Buffalo Bills selection at No. 28 overall. Buffalo, one of the Chiefs' top AFC rivals throughout the early-to-mid 2020s, just handed the fastest player in this draft class to an already explosive offense led by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs now boast some of the fastest receivers in the NFL on the roster this offseason after signing free agent speedster Marquise "Hollywood" Brown to a one-year deal. The former Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals fifth-year pro is also a sub-4.3 second 40-yard dash guy.

Brown ran a 4.27 second 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day at Oklahoma a few years ago.

Mahomes and the Chiefs now have one of the speediest and most dynamic groups of receiving threats to attack NFL secondaries for years to come. Brown and Worthy give the Chiefs unmatched speed in the receiving corps.

When you add returning starters in the Chiefs offense in the receiving corps, including All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce and Rashee Rice, this passing attack looks really scary in 2024.

Reid and the Chiefs are getting back more to that style of speed on offense like what they had a few years ago with star receiver Tyreek Hill. Worthy is the fastest receiver the Chiefs have had on the roster since they traded Hill to the Miami Dolphins a couple of years ago.

Mahomes was gitty after the Chiefs selected Worthy on Day 1. He posted a smiling face emoji on his X account on April 25 after the pick was announced.

The additions of Worthy and Brown help the Chiefs improve a downfield passing attack that hasn't been the same since Hill was traded to the Dolphins. Mahomes ranked last among starting quarterbacks in the NFL last season in average completed air yards (per NFL Next Gen Stats).

Worthy ends Texas's two-decade-long drought of receivers picked in the first round

With the Chiefs selecting Worthy 28th overall of the 2024 draft, the 20-year-long drought of former Longhorns receivers being selected in the first round ends. Before this, the last time Texas had a receiver selected in the first round of the NFL Draft was when the Detroit Lions picked Roy Williams seventh overall in 2004.

Worthy was one of two Longhorns selected in the first round of the 2024 draft. The first Texas Ex off the board on Day 1 of the 2024 draft was defensive tackle Byron Murphy II, who was picked 16th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.

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